ALDA Towards 2030 - Localising the SDGs: Good practices from Europe and the Neighbourhood areas

From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

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From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

Report

LDAs Activity Report 2020

The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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ALDA Activity Report 2020

ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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The VALID Project in Larissa - An Online Cultural Exchange

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa;; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

 

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union


It’s time to share your desk! Co-working in Brussels

Our office in Brussels is happy to announce that our co-working space is now open, and ready to be booked. Find yourself a spot at the core of the European quarter, and be surrounded by the European spirit. ALDA is more than glad to share its space with everyone, who is looking for a place to work, study and carry out activities.

How do you book your place? You can choose among 3 different options:


4 desks (whole room) →  600,00€ per month including:

  • the use of the whole room with 4 desks/workstations
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

2 desks → 350,00€ per month including:

  • the use of 2 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

1 desk180,00€ per month or  50,00€ per week including:

  • the use of  1 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette


The working space is located in Rue Belliard 20, 1040 – Brussels.
Please email us: aldabrussels@alda-europe.eu

ALDA staff in Brussels is looking forward to meet you!


ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art: new co-heads of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available here), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available here), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.


General Assembly 2021: A great network together for the Conference on the Future of Europe

As part of its main objectives, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) seeks to strengthen the link between citizens and the European Union by giving them a voice in shaping the policies and ambitions of the European Union and improving the Union’s resilience to crises. 

Having that in mind, the week of the ALDA General Assembly 2021 has been designed to both serve as an occasion for its members to meet themselves, and to gather many key stakeholders including individuals, CSOs, Local Governments and Associations for a series of online and offline events to discuss some specific topics which are related to the overall European context.  For example, ALDA members had the possibility to join different events online and/or in presence, such as the two conferences on LIME and DIGITAL projects. Besides, they also joined the General Assembly itself at the end of week.

Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA

On June 25th, ALDA General Assembly took place online with the opening speeches of  Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA and Mr Leen Verbeek, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and it was then chaired by Alessandro Distante, President of ISBE, an historical member of ALDA. Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA. As previous years, also the 2021 General Assembly has been very much participated, especially considering the fact that this is the first Assembly of the newly elected Governing Board

The General Assembly focused on several key aspects, paving the path for the future actions and activities of the association. Besides the analysis of technical documents, during the meeting some key aspects were discussed: ALDA Activity Report and account for 2020 as well as the promising Program and budget for 2021, Local Democracy Agencies’ report (LDAs); SDGs report and the role of ALDA within the Conference on the Future of Europe. The former, once again, was the occasion to stress how relevant and important is the role of LDAs as local agencies to foster citizens’ participation and engagement. The second topic on the agenda highlighted how much the work of ALDA is thus related to the global scale, such as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, considering the overall mission of ALDA, as an association that fosters the creation of a democratic space and citizens’ engagement; the General Assembly 2021 contributed to increase people participation, members gathering; while bringing issues discussed at local level to the European one.

Last but not least, for those interested, ALDA events are also available on the CoFoE platform.

 

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Read more about the General Assembly Week:

Programme of the GA Week

“BUK Festival” in Modena

Launch of the Working Groups

Governing Board meeting

LIME Project – conference 

DIGITAL Project – conference

As part of its main objectives, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) seeks to strengthen the link between citizens and the European Union by giving them a voice in shaping the policies and ambitions of the European Union and improving the Union’s resilience to crises. 

Having that in mind, the week of the ALDA General Assembly 2021 has been designed to both serve as an occasion for its members to meet themselves, and to gather many key stakeholders including individuals, CSOs, Local Governments and Associations for a series of online and offline events to discuss some specific topics which are related to the overall European context.  For example, ALDA members had the possibility to join different events online and/or in presence, such as the two conferences on LIME and DIGITAL projects. Besides, they also joined the General Assembly itself at the end of week.

Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA

On June 25th, ALDA General Assembly took place online with the opening speeches of  Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA and Mr Leen Verbeek, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and it was then chaired by Alessandro Distante, President of ISBE, an historical member of ALDA. Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA. As previous years, also the 2021 General Assembly has been very much participated, especially considering the fact that this is the first Assembly of the newly elected Governing Board

The General Assembly focused on several key aspects, paving the path for the future actions and activities of the association. Besides the analysis of technical documents, during the meeting some key aspects were discussed: ALDA Activity Report and account for 2020 as well as the promising Program and budget for 2021, Local Democracy Agencies’ report (LDAs); SDGs report and the role of ALDA within the Conference on the Future of Europe. The former, once again, was the occasion to stress how relevant and important is the role of LDAs as local agencies to foster citizens’ participation and engagement. The second topic on the agenda highlighted how much the work of ALDA is thus related to the global scale, such as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, considering the overall mission of ALDA, as an association that fosters the creation of a democratic space and citizens’ engagement; the General Assembly 2021 contributed to increase people participation, members gathering; while bringing issues discussed at local level to the European one.

Last but not least, for those interested, ALDA events are also available on the CoFoE platform.

 

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Read more about the General Assembly Week:

Programme of the GA Week

“BUK Festival” in Modena

Launch of the Working Groups

Governing Board meeting

LIME Project – conference 

DIGITAL Project – conference


A key Governing Board meeting on the eve of ALDA General Assembly

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24th.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24th.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!


Appreciating the Culture of Ravenna: The Local Path Coffee House Meeting

With the occasion of 700th anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14th of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.

With the occasion of 700th anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14th of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.


Trainings to strengthen Civil Society Organisations capacities in France and Tunisia

ALDA is extremely proud to make part in the Anna Lindh Virtual Marathon for Dialogue with the project “Cross Border cooperation to strengthen the decentralisation process in response to the Covid-19 Crisis”.

Indeed, the whole month of June ALDA and its trainers have been engaged in the delivery of trainings and capacity buildings on advocacy techniques and communication tools to French and Tunisian civil society organisations.

The trainings were held respectively by Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, and Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department of ALDA.

Support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process.

While the overall objective of the project was to shed light on the different roles of stakeholders in decentralisation, paying a particular attention to the part played by the State in these kinds of processes, the trainings aimed at providing local organisations with tools and knowledge to promote decentralisation and democratic principles in their local context.

As a result, the associations involved will have to launch an advocacy campaign through short video pills promoting democracy, rule of law, conflict resolution and culture of peace.

As mentioned, the reason of this action was to support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process. One of the priorities, indeed, is to clarify the role of the State in the whole process of decentralisation, since many municipalities gave up the process because of political conflicts and lack of interest and involvement.

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To know more about Anna Lindh Foundation, check the website

ALDA is extremely proud to make part in the Anna Lindh Virtual Marathon for Dialogue with the project “Cross Border cooperation to strengthen the decentralisation process in response to the Covid-19 Crisis”.

Indeed, the whole month of June ALDA and its trainers have been engaged in the delivery of trainings and capacity buildings on advocacy techniques and communication tools to French and Tunisian civil society organisations.

The trainings were held respectively by Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, and Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department of ALDA.

Support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process.

While the overall objective of the project was to shed light on the different roles of stakeholders in decentralisation, paying a particular attention to the part played by the State in these kinds of processes, the trainings aimed at providing local organisations with tools and knowledge to promote decentralisation and democratic principles in their local context.

As a result, the associations involved will have to launch an advocacy campaign through short video pills promoting democracy, rule of law, conflict resolution and culture of peace.

As mentioned, the reason of this action was to support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process. One of the priorities, indeed, is to clarify the role of the State in the whole process of decentralisation, since many municipalities gave up the process because of political conflicts and lack of interest and involvement.

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To know more about Anna Lindh Foundation, check the website